To reduce mental illness, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) created National Recovery Month. Every September, the organization helps people host events designed to educate the masses about mental illness and addiction.
It’s not easy being the spouse of a paramedic. While the traits that drew your spouse to their calling — bravery, compassion and selflessness — may be the same traits that drew you to them as well, the daily realities of the profession can wear on even the most stable of relationships.
Serving your community as a fire fighter/paramedic is both a stressful and rewarding job that puts great strain on your physical health, mental health and relationships. To thrive today, tomorrow and well into retirement, prioritize these strategies for self-care now:
1. Find a daily diversion for stress. Choose something enjoyable that helps you unplug and do it daily. Twenty minutes of your favorite hobby, music, sports or playing with your dog can go a long way. Both purposeful and mindless activities have a role to play in creating a mental buffer against the impact of cumulative stress.
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Effective September 7, 2018, United Behavioral Health has joined other major healthcare providers Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Medical Mutual of Ohio, Healthcare Solutions, First Health and Multiplan as in-network providers at the Center of Excellence. For questions or an update on your coverage, please contact me directly.
We are always looking for new ways to help first responders educate and support their brothers and sisters. If you have any questions, or I can be of assistance to your or your colleagues, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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